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Workshops
Sun, Sep 18 | 10:30am–12:30pm PT

Extreme color transformations within leaves and flowers occur in the Fall. Color has also left quite a cinematic impact on the depiction of flora, especially in Walt Disney’s short film, Flowers and Trees (1932). This year, celebrate the Academy Award®-winning cartoon’s 90th anniversary as we

The Walt Disney Family Museum welcomes groups for guided and self-guided visits. Groups of 10 or more receive discounted rates, additional venue rental options also available. For additional safety measures for your visit, please visit our Welcome Back page.

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Talks Virtual
Sat, Aug 20 | 11am PT

In this special virtual program, hear from animal sanctuaries located all over the world that contributed to our first Cause Awareness special exhibition, Creative Conservation: The Art of Endangered Animals, currently on display in the Lower Lobby. Learn how the exhibition came to be, the important

Talks
Sun, Aug 28 | 6pm

Last year, we collaborated with Bob Baker Marionette Theater on an engaging and popular virtual presentation. This August, we are excited to welcome Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s Executive Director and Head Puppeteer Alex Evans and Director of Development and Community Partnerships Winona Bechtle

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Sep 10 | 1–2:30pm PT

As Fall begins, orchards are filled with sweet apples ripe for the picking. Join us as we enjoy a favorite Autumn pastime and explore how characters have been animated harvesting throughout film and television. With a focus on gesture, pose, and silhouettes, follow along as you animate a character

Field Trips Virtual
Sat, Sep 24 | 10:30am–noon PT

Sweater weather has arrived in the Bay Area with its trademark crisp air and falling leaves. Spend a cozy day with us as we focus on autumnal themes within the animated world and how animators have mastered subtle foliage techniques. Then using traditional hand-drawn animation, we will animate a

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Sep 24 | 1–2:30pm PT

Sweater weather has arrived in the Bay Area with its trademark crisp air and falling leaves. Spend a cozy day with us as we focus on autumnal themes within the animated world and how animators have mastered subtle foliage techniques. Then using traditional hand-drawn animation, we will animate a

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Sep 10 | 10:30am–noon PT

As Fall begins, orchards are filled with sweet apples ripe for the picking. Join us as we enjoy a favorite Autumn pastime and explore how characters have been animated harvesting throughout film and television. With a focus on gesture, pose, and silhouettes, follow along as you animate a character

Jun 23, 2022–Jan 8, 2023

The Walt Disney Family Museum is delighted to announce the opening of its next major special exhibition, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece, in celebration of the beloved Disney animated classic’s 55th anniversary. Guest-curated by acclaimed animator and Disney Legend Andreas Deja,

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Aug 27 | 1–2:30pm PT

Every hero needs a dynamic pose, action, or movement to visually tell the audience how amazing they are. Join as we explore the dynamic acts of protagonists within the animated world, and then use traditional hand-drawn animation to create a hero fleeing a scene only to slide back to defend themself

Films
Sat & Sun, Aug 6–27 | 2pm
No screening on Sun, Aug 28

In celebration of the opening of our latest special exhibition, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece, join us for a month-long screening of The Jungle Book (2016) directed by Jon Favreau to see an updated live-action reimagining of the classic Disney animated film that inspired the

Submissions Close Sunday, August 21, 2022
Exhibition Opens Thursday, November 17, 2022

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to announce its next community exhibition, Spirit of the Season: A Community Art Exhibition. Adult and teen artists are invited to submit artwork inspired by their own holiday traditions and expressing what the spirit of the season means to them.

Department: Guest Operations

Location: San Francisco

Reports to: Director of Guest Operations

Status: Full-Time

Date: August 2022

Hours: 40 hours (Wednesday – Sunday)

FLSA Code: Non-Exempt

Hourly Rate: $26-$29 DOE

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Workshops Virtual
Sat, Aug 13 | 1–2:30pm PT

Within the world of animation, cloaks are an iconic item of clothing for fantastical adventures. A gust of wind side-sweeping a cape can make for an impactful moment in a fanciful narrative. Join us as we delve into how animators throughout the years have used various techniques to achieve the

September 2021 Update

In the past several years, The Walt Disney Family Museum has significantly increased its commitment to providing art and animation instruction, with a focused emphasis on serving underrepresented communities. In addition to offering on-site and virtual classes, workshops, and school experiences, our animation instructors also travel to our Title I partner schools to teach the students on campus.

This year, as a part of The Walt Disney Family Museum Animation Academy initiative, the museum is thrilled to be launching an Animation Academy Certificate Program at Eastside High School, a school in East Palo Alto, California that is dedicated to providing opportunities for students historically underrepresented in higher education. This year-long program consists of two weekly sessions—a day of instruction on Saturday and an additional after-school session—and provides the students with state-of-the-art training in the principles of animation. All costs for the program, including equipment and materials, are made possible by generous donor support.

Building on Walt Disney’s legacy of fostering the next generation of creative talent, as well as the Museum’s own commitment to underserved individuals and communities, the Academy’s mission is to provide a nurturing, creative environment in which the students receive comprehensive training in art, animation, and storytelling. Our plan is to expand the reach of the program, with the long-term goal of diversifying the employee ranks in the animation and film industries.

KEY POINTS:

  • The Academy initiative is designed for high school students, with recruitment focused in historically underserved communities.
  • Curriculum centers on animation, with an animated film as a final project.
  • Students receive state-of-the-art animation training, engaging and leveraging the Museum’s industry and academic partnerships.
  • Lessons are structured around the 12 principles of animation, storytelling, and short film development.
  • The goal is to become a national model for programs in the animation and film industries, utilizing the power of the arts to transform and enrich the lives of students.

For more information, please contact Emily Vann Green at evann@wdfmuseum.org

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Workshops Virtual
Sat, Jul 23 | 1–2:30pm PT

From the earliest years of animation to today, artists have relied on gag humor to entertain their audiences. One of the most famous animated characters known for their extreme and hilarious stunts is Goofy. Join us in this workshop as we celebrate this comedic character's 90th anniversary and the

For additional information, please contact our team at press@wdfmuseum.org, or call our team at 415.345.6854. 

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Virtual Exhibition Open Now

“Conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us. It’s a science whose principles are written in the oldest code in the world, the laws of nature. The natural resources of our vast continent are not inexhaustible. But if we will use our riches wisely, if

Nov 18, 2021–Mar 20, 2022

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to announce its next community exhibition, Spirit of the Season: A Community Art Exhibition. Adult and teen artists are invited to submit artwork inspired by their own holiday traditions and expressing what the spirit of the season means to them.

As employees of The Walt Disney Family Museum, we strive to achieve and perpetuate the values that Walt held important in his work and his life. We believe that to achieve the level of quality associated with Walt Disney, each person, as an individual and as part of a cohesive team, contributes toward delivering a quality experience to every visitor to The Walt Disney Family Museum.

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